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Quick! We need more water! Oh wait, there is some!

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Out west with all of the wild fires going on. This pilot has got some mad skills! Either that or he is crazy. (www.liveleak.com) More...

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blueashflyer
blueashflyer 10
awesome skills on that guy. he can save my house anytime.
joelwiley
joel wiley 9
I doubt the homeowner would be complaining in any language, the fire being just downhill from the house.
PhotoFinish
PhotoFinish 4
The poster added a sensationalistic false complaint to stir up interest in the clip.

Any homeowner would be glad to have a pilot with those skills putting out a fire that was so close to their house with their own pool water (which is much cheaper to replace than the entire structure).
joelwiley
joel wiley 3
We folks out west (America that is) are a little sensitive about the subject,
http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/
The poster hasn't apparently been watching them at work- just another hero's day at the office.
Musketeer1
Musketeer1 5
There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, also there are bad-ass pilots overflowing with talent...I think that's how that saying goes...
RECOR10
RECOR10 1
I heard about a nuts pilot who was a drunk and did not care about life....then again he was the first to break the sound barrier and got to go to space...
tduggan2010
Tim Duggan 1
Ermmmm...the original "saying" goes (but I think you know this already):

"There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots....but, there are no old bold pilots."

Your adaptation is clever, though.
fresnosmooth
fresnosmooth 2
exception...
Bob Hoover
EvacGuy
Steve Whelan 2
uh, Yeager was sober when he exceeded the sound barrier and he was never an astronaut. Although he did hold several powered aircraft altitude records.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 2
And his buddy, Yeager. They flew together some in ww11.
fresnosmooth
fresnosmooth 1
He even has a liquor named after him. So smooth...
tduggan2010
Tim Duggan 1
Hah....bum deal for Yeager.

Now, some levity. Speaking of drinks named after someone, heard of the Sully Vodka Cocktail?

Two shots of Grey Goose, and a splash of water....(rimshot, please).
fresnosmooth
fresnosmooth 1
Damn you Tim! I just pisd my pants laughing.
mboette
mboette 4
By "out west", you mean Portugal, right? Cause, that is where this was filmed....
PhotoFinish
PhotoFinish 2
Must've meant western Europe.
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 3
Nah.....just keep going West.....you will eventually get there.
Guycocoa
Guy Cocoa 0
If that was Portugal I'm surprised anyone was doing anything to fight the fire. We were there in 2010 and the entire northern part of the country was burning up. We did not see any fire fighting action whatsoever. Here s video of one fire: https://vimeo.com/14494207
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
That seems like predicting trends on a sample size of 1. It doesn't look like much could be done to get a handle on that one at mid-slope. Try the videos on this link to see what is needed in that kind of terrain.
http://flightaware.com/squawks/view/1/1_year/new/36271/Northern%20California
Aircraft19
Avineesh Suppiah 3
Awesome skills
drpepper
ed george 3
Here is an even more amazing clip of the same pilot. Amazing footage as the fire moves beyond the tree line to the dry grass by the houses and he becomes the only thing standing in the way of it.

Note the tail rotor distance to the ground a couple of times.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV2vxYYD8P0#t=228
Aircraft19
Avineesh Suppiah 3
What a shock to find a helicopter taking water from a pool
tduggan2010
Tim Duggan 3
This was an example of clicking on what seemed an intriguing clip, and them making me Laugh Out Loud!! Thank you!! (I'm still chuckling...)

Maybe it's my weird sense of humor.
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 1
That looks even more dangerous than the main mount landings we used to do in Phrogs (Chinooks still can though). Rotorheads do have to have balls of steel to do some of the things they can do.
flyingj481
flyingj481 2
Those fire crews have incredible skills and nerves of steel. Chances are there were some guys on the ground who needed help right then, so that pilot was looking for anything he could use to knock down the fire and keep the ground crews safe.
CosmosKidd
Ron Desroches 2
Man, moment , machine, and someone gets to keep they're home! Nice Job Pilot! :)
Fourpawphoto
Crazy flying skills, i say let him have the water if he can actually get the helicopter to the pool.
Scrape
Scrape 2
Wow, thats dangerous! The rotor wash bouncing off that wall uphill of the pool could cause the rotor to stall out and lose lift, and bye-bye helo! Thats what happened to the stealth blackhawk that delivered the troops to get OBL in pakistan. Still, great flying.
pilot62
Scott Campbell 2
And the pool owner would sue, the pilot would be fined, and the fire would rage on ! if this was in America
pilot62
Scott Campbell 2
Yea it's not California
joelwiley
joel wiley 2
Yeah, if it was there would be some idiot out poolside snapping pics.
jman42
Jack Maner 1
Here's a different perspective from the same helicopter. Found this on the guy's YouTube channel. Notice the tail clearance. Insane piloting indeed.
captainjman
Jason Feldman 1
loved the pop-up on that site, did anyone else have that block the video too?
Starman535
Robert Black 1
What a pilot!
Tomcat59
Jerry McCann 1
lIKE YOUR OWN PERSONAL FIREFIGHTER
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
Probably used to helo-log. Fast turns are the name of the game.
grude
grude 1
Wow, the man is a pilot....